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What is a medical diagnosis for chronic diarrhea and weight gain?

What is a medical diagnosis for chronic diarrhea and weight gain?

Weight GAIN?: Chronic diarrhea is usually associated with weight loss. If you are experiencing weight gain, then the issue could be related to your diet, especially of you are eating a lot of fatty foods. However, more details discussed with your doctor would be warranted, perhaps a referral to a GI specialist who has a professional interest in chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Almost 2yrs post ERCP for SOD2.Still have chronic diarrhea, pains in side & bk & can't gain weight. On no meds now, is there any help? New research?

Almost 2yrs post ERCP for SOD2.Still have chronic diarrhea, pains in side & bk & can't gain weight. On no meds now, is there any help? New research?

SOD2: It is very likely in your situation that there is more going on than just sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. SOD does not usually cause diarrhea and weight loss, although the pain that you described certainly could be due to it. I would advise you to return to your gastroenterologist if your symptoms are persistent. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing diarrhea (quality: chronic (persistent, sustained)), nausea (severity: mild), aching muscles, chills, weight gain (time frame:...

I am experiencing diarrhea (quality: chronic (persistent, sustained)), nausea (severity: mild), aching muscles, chills, weight gain (time frame:...

Why wait?: Time to see your doctor, with theses symptoms you ought to be seen and examined, some blood tests may be needed, meanwhile, drink plain water and clear liquids, wish you well ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea cause an inability to lose weight?

Can chronic diarrhea cause an inability to lose weight?

No: It is more the other way around. Chronic diarrhea can be a sign of metabolic disease or a sign that you aren't absorbing nutrients properly. You should see you doctor for workup of the chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

Significant-yes: The average 5 yo female weighs just above 40 lb and a 7 lb loss over 3 months is significant. It might not be dangerous in the short term, unless paired with unusual fluid losses, but deserves proper evaluation and treatment. Your PCP or pediatrician could start this but referral to a children's specialty center may be needed to track down the problem. ...Read more

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Is chronic diarrhea w/ weight loss a medical emergency?

Is chronic diarrhea w/ weight loss a medical emergency?

No, not unless...: Chronic diarrhea by itself is not an emergency. Weight loss by itself is not an emergency. However, they become an emergency if new or worse symptoms occur due to the chronic conditions finally causing the patient's body to decompensate (such as due to finally not having enough water, nutrients, or calories remaining in the body). ...Read more

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Weight gain after receiving 4 bags of normal saline IV solution? I gained 7 lbs. Had severe dehyd after diarrhea. In the ER, given 4 bags over a 9 hr course. Went in at 115lbs and now after 3 days, at 222 lbs. Normal? How long till out of body?

Weight gain after receiving 4 bags of normal saline IV solution? I gained 7 lbs. Had severe dehyd after diarrhea. In the ER, given 4 bags over a 9 hr course. Went in at 115lbs and now after 3 days, at 222 lbs. Normal? How long till out of body?

Normal: Each bag was a Liter of fluid (essentially a quart). Each quart is two pints. A pint of fluid weighs about a pound. "Pints a pound the world round" so you got 8 pints or 8 pounds of fluid. Your weight went up appropriately. If you were severely dehydrated it will stay in your body until your usual input (eating and drinking) and output (peeing and pooping) is restored to normal. ...Read more

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HIDA scan showed no gb. US shows large stones and 3x normal size. I have chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Should I be concerned?

HIDA scan showed no gb. US shows large stones and 3x normal size. I have chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Should I be concerned?

Yes: There should be some concern. The chances are you would be best served by a surgical opinion!!

Hope this is helpful
My Opinion Only

BE WELL!
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Lower right back pain now with swelling radiating into buttocks and thigh. Ongoing for several months associated with weight gain and severe diarrhea?

Lower right back pain now with swelling radiating into buttocks and thigh. Ongoing for several months associated with weight gain and severe diarrhea?

Multiple issues: Certainly sciatic PLUS GI issues and possibly metabolic issues. I suggest a comprehensive physical examination and blood/urine testing as well as a thyroid evaluation. ...Read more

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If thickening in ileum was detected on CT & pet, plus 30lb weight loss, chronic diarrhea for over a yr could I be treated for Crohn's without diagnosi?

If thickening in ileum was detected on CT & pet, plus 30lb weight loss, chronic diarrhea for over a yr could I be treated for Crohn's without diagnosi?

Need Colonoscopy: Not a good ideayou may have crohns disease but it needs to be confirmed by colonoscopy and biopsy before starting treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rectal bleeding, unintentional weight loss, diarrhea (quality: bloody diarrhea) (severity: chronic diarrhea), excessive sweatin...

I am experiencing rectal bleeding, unintentional weight loss, diarrhea (quality: bloody diarrhea) (severity: chronic diarrhea), excessive sweatin...

See doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as your symptoms warrant an evaluation.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Was tested for hiv1 and 2 a week ago. It was negative. Aside from my chronic diarrhea, thrush, weight loss now my left eye is worse. Encounter was 4mo?

Was tested for hiv1 and 2 a week ago. It was negative. Aside from my chronic diarrhea, thrush, weight loss now my left eye is worse. Encounter was 4mo?

See eye doctor: After you see your primary care doctor or infectious disease doctor, see an eye md for a complete exam with dilation to figure out source of your left eye issue. ...Read more

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Metformin missed period no period symptoms back pain weight gain diarrhea trying to conceive help?

Metformin missed period no period symptoms back pain weight gain diarrhea trying to conceive help?

See obgyn and: metformin helps ovulation and if diabetic helps sugar and concieving, it can have side effects of diarrhea so adjust slowly, see you obgyn to concieve, fertile period is mydcycle day 15 after period ...Read more

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24, F, Massive weight gain, Had two periods since Aug 2016, Depressed, anxious, joint ache, diarrhea, feeling of full bladder always, stiff, brain fog, trouble sleeping since childhood?

24, F, Massive weight gain, Had two periods since Aug 2016, Depressed, anxious, joint ache, diarrhea, feeling of full bladder always, stiff, brain fog, trouble sleeping since childhood?

See your doctor: You will need to be seen by a psychiatrist / endocrinologist, but start with your primary doctor who would direct your care. The constellation of symptoms you presented can be treated and can cause period delays, good luck ...Read more

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I am 36 I have regular periods and have been trying to concieve for 4 mon my hormones have been a mess I have unexplined weight gain hyper pigmentation severe diarrhea cramping no where near my period sore breasts inability to sleep and over emotional I h

I am 36 I have regular periods and have been trying to concieve for 4 mon my hormones have been a mess I have unexplined weight gain hyper pigmentation severe diarrhea cramping no where near my period sore breasts inability to sleep and over emotional I h

Many issues!: Many problems may be unrelated, but pcos needs to be excluded, because of it being a part of metabolic syndrome. You did not mention if you are overweight and carry it on the middle. Pcos is associated with high free (not total) testosterone, which could explain several issues. Hyperpolactinemia is common, could cause sore breast, but is associated with scant or absent periods. It needs checking. ...Read more

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I've got chronic diarrhea. What foods should I eat and what to avoid?

I've got chronic diarrhea. What foods should I eat and what to avoid?

Soluble fiber: If you have chronic diarrhea, and have been tested and no cause is found- I suggest foods high in soluble fiber, because they absorb the fluid and make a firmer stool. Foods such as oatmeal and applesauce to give an example. Stay away from insoluble fiber- cause that would make the diarrhea worse. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has chronic diarrhea, he's often nauseous. What could be causing this?

My boyfriend has chronic diarrhea, he's often nauseous. What could be causing this?

Diarrhea: The person needs a formal evaluation for work-up of the cause of the diarrhea. This includes but is not limited to: inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's or ulcerative colitis, gluten intolerance (celiac disease), lactose intolerance, pancreas disease, etc. Work-up is advised. ...Read more

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Which antidiarrheal is recommended for chronic diarrhea?

Which antidiarrheal is recommended for chronic diarrhea?

See a doctor: It is not safe to use over-the-counter antidiarrheals for chronic diarrhea without first seeing a doctor and being checked out. There are several serious conditions such as cronh's disease and celiac disease that need to be investigated if your doctor sees fit. The best thing to do in the meanwhile is to stay hydrated. Certain foods such as bread, bananas, rice etc can help. Avoid simple sugars. ...Read more

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How does chronic diarrhea affect homeostasis of the body?

How does chronic diarrhea affect homeostasis of the body?

Electrolytes. ..: And other nutrients become depleted. For example you can have low potassium, low sodium, low vitamins like a, d, e and k. Weight loss can occur. ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea and reduced eating due to nausea for several months cause low c3c?

No: Why c3c? No it cant. Complement 3c and 3 d and cleaved results of fibrin working on c3b. Perhaps your doc can rule out more serious causes of chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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Chronic diarrhea no pain. Itch worse in evening. Sometimes I wake up at night and I scratch whole my body for few minutes. Nocturia too. Why? Bad illness?

Chronic diarrhea no pain. Itch worse in evening. Sometimes I wake up at night and I scratch whole my body for few minutes. Nocturia too. Why? Bad illness?

Parasites?: Would suggest starting with stool studies- ova and parasites, specifically. Your symptoms suggest a possible parasite related infection- possibly Giardia among others. Please see your doc at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Can't eat ANYTHING anymore without getting distended. Very painful. 4 months of chronic diarrhea, now this. Colonoscopy showed "inflammation" help! ?

Not enough info: inflammation is very vague. There are different types. Did they say if there is infection that causing diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease. You may also want to change your diet. High fiber work better for diarrhea, but inflammation disorders need medical tx ...Read more

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Sick with chronic diarrhea it started to get better and I thought it was gone but today it has come back again, but I don't feel sick, I am traveling?

Could be serious: You need a stool culture. The only safe thing to take in the mean time is kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) which does not slow bowel transit time. It absorbs toxins from dangerous bacteria. ...Read more

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Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Probiotics helpful: Try elimination diet.
Go dairy free for 1 month except yogurt & butter milk
If no improvement, try gluten free diet.
Good quality probiotics daily.
Yogurt drinks with good bacteriae like kefir is good.
Avoid caffeine.Have you seen a doctor for this? ...Read more

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What can be done for chronic diarrhea?

Replacement: Replacement of fluids and electrolytes and cultures for underlying causes for the chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more